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The Little house that grew… January 03 2014, 0 Comments

The little house that grew … was purchased with a vision.. the builder a young man.. who saw potential.. it was a mere 350 square feet.. in a great location.. in Kingston,  Ontario..  The builder.. who has been building homes for a number of years

He chose to use the current house as the foot print for the new one.. adding on and up rather that a complete tear down.. Now it has taken a few years to complete.. busy working for others and building their dream homes and working on his in his spare time.

Here is the original house…

nicks houes

The little house is now… approx.  1975 ft..  I have had the privilege of being involved with the project from the start and offering a few suggestions… and now I have been asked to stage the house to be featured in a new Kingston Home Magazine that will premier this spring.. very exciting for both of us..

All the walls in the house are painted pure white.. the house is roomy  and very bright so rather than chop up the space  with wall colour we chose pure white.. we did not use  any trim around the windows.. wanted to it be clean and simple, we opted for dry wall return…..Hardwood flooring  was used in the throughout the  house and I have opted to  use area rugs. I love Oriental Carpets.. they are not everyone’s cup of tea… but with a an eclectic mix it works well..

The house now as 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms.. plus a family room loft….with fireplace ….

The main floor has and entry /sitting room , dinning room and kitchen with garden doors to the backyard…

I am using a mix of modern/vintage and traditional items to decorate the home… I love an eclectic look.. I think it gives a space a personality , rather than a cookie cutter look..and much easier on the budget..

We will be painting furniture with decorative paint from Annie Sloan.. and some of the colours will be mixed to complement the furnishings.. to give it a custom look…

Decorating with a minimal budget makes one very creative and  I think sometimes these are my favorite projects because it makes you think out of the box.. A challenge when you live in small community where there is not always a lot of surplus furniture .. but it is very doable..it is a lot of hunting and gathering.. and there where the fun is.. much simpler when you are doing your own , I have to admit I have a little stash for occasion like this when I am in a pinch..

I  use as much art on the walls as possible , it does not have to be a Picasso.. art does not have to match the sofa or any other piece of furniture it should be something that you love and says something to you.. You can mix landscapes with portraits with a mix of modern.. it make for an interesting collection.

For the sitting area on the main floor.

I chose and Oriental Carpet for the wood floor which has a dark stain.

living room carpet

Two Custom covered wing chairs in black/white ticking fabric.

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I am sewing some lumbar cushions for the seats.. they are down filled .. 12×18 inserts.. the inserts will be on the Melon Patch on line shop and available for purchase in the store as well..

DownFeather

I am using a dark grey/black melon type wool for these and will be repeating the same fabric in the upstairs loft/family room..

I am working on a  budget and time is crucial…. normally I would order the fabric..  so I had to improvise shopping is limited in Kingston..   will share that with you in another post…

The coffee table is a  small mid-century modern table custom painted with decorative paint by Annie Sloan with clear wax.. I choose to mix the colours 2 parts Pairs Grey and 1 Part Old White.. I wanted to compliment the carpet and chair fabric. the table has a dark glass top.

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Until next time Elizabeth


The Little house that grew… January 03 2014, 0 Comments

The little house that grew … was purchased with a vision.. the builder a young man.. who saw potential.. it was a mere 350 square feet.. in a great location.. in Kingston,  Ontario..  The builder.. who has been building homes for a number of years

He chose to use the current house as the foot print for the new one.. adding on and up rather that a complete tear down.. Now it has taken a few years to complete.. busy working for others and building their dream homes and working on his in his spare time.

Here is the original house…

nicks houes

The little house is now… approx.  1975 ft..  I have had the privilege of being involved with the project from the start and offering a few suggestions… and now I have been asked to stage the house to be featured in a new Kingston Home Magazine that will premier this spring.. very exciting for both of us..

All the walls in the house are painted pure white.. the house is roomy  and very bright so rather than chop up the space  with wall colour we chose pure white.. we did not use  any trim around the windows.. wanted to it be clean and simple, we opted for dry wall return…..Hardwood flooring  was used in the throughout the  house and I have opted to  use area rugs. I love Oriental Carpets.. they are not everyone’s cup of tea… but with a an eclectic mix it works well..

The house now as 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms.. plus a family room loft….with fireplace ….

The main floor has and entry /sitting room , dinning room and kitchen with garden doors to the backyard…

I am using a mix of modern/vintage and traditional items to decorate the home… I love an eclectic look.. I think it gives a space a personality , rather than a cookie cutter look..and much easier on the budget..

We will be painting furniture with decorative paint from Annie Sloan.. and some of the colours will be mixed to complement the furnishings.. to give it a custom look…

Decorating with a minimal budget makes one very creative and  I think sometimes these are my favorite projects because it makes you think out of the box.. A challenge when you live in small community where there is not always a lot of surplus furniture .. but it is very doable..it is a lot of hunting and gathering.. and there where the fun is.. much simpler when you are doing your own , I have to admit I have a little stash for occasion like this when I am in a pinch..

I  use as much art on the walls as possible , it does not have to be a Picasso.. art does not have to match the sofa or any other piece of furniture it should be something that you love and says something to you.. You can mix landscapes with portraits with a mix of modern.. it make for an interesting collection.

For the sitting area on the main floor.

I chose and Oriental Carpet for the wood floor which has a dark stain.

living room carpet

Two Custom covered wing chairs in black/white ticking fabric.

vacationetc2010-869-e1283698818524

I am sewing some lumbar cushions for the seats.. they are down filled .. 12×18 inserts.. the inserts will be on the Melon Patch on line shop and available for purchase in the store as well..

DownFeather

I am using a dark grey/black melon type wool for these and will be repeating the same fabric in the upstairs loft/family room..

I am working on a  budget and time is crucial…. normally I would order the fabric..  so I had to improvise shopping is limited in Kingston..   will share that with you in another post…

The coffee table is a  small mid-century modern table custom painted with decorative paint by Annie Sloan with clear wax.. I choose to mix the colours 2 parts Pairs Grey and 1 Part Old White.. I wanted to compliment the carpet and chair fabric. the table has a dark glass top.

2012-09-04 20.01.20

Until next time Elizabeth



April 9th 2012 April 09 2012, 0 Comments

Hello all I hope you had a Happy Easter for the  most part mine was wonderful spent a lovely day at my Son’s house on Sunday.

Just an update I have had two viruses hit my computer in one week, the first one not so bad we managed to save most things, but the second one took everything including a lot of old e-mails we are in the process of trying to recover them , so a busy next couple of days.

If you have not heard from me I have not won the lottery or on vacation just trying to figure all this out, we should be up an running with the old e-mails etc. in the the next day or so.

Until next time

Elizabeth


April 9th 2012 April 09 2012, 0 Comments

Hello all I hope you had a Happy Easter for the  most part mine was wonderful spent a lovely day at my Son's house on Sunday.

Just an update I have had two viruses hit my computer in one week, the first one not so bad we managed to save most things, but the second one took everything including a lot of old e-mails we are in the process of trying to recover them , so a busy next couple of days.

If you have not heard from me I have not won the lottery or on vacation just trying to figure all this out, we should be up an running with the old e-mails etc. in the the next day or so.

Until next time

Elizabeth


Old Hardware March 24 2012, 0 Comments

If you have hinges and hardware that you want to keep but they are covered in Paint have look at the  Urban Cottage blogspot, they have an article on how to do it without harsh chemicals.

Until next time, Elizabeth…


Old Hardware March 24 2012, 0 Comments

If you have hinges and hardware that you want to keep but they are covered in Paint have look at the  Urban Cottage blogspot, they have an article on how to do it without harsh chemicals.

Until next time, Elizabeth...


Mossy Green ( Nancy’s Green) February 28 2012, 0 Comments

I love this Mossy Green look it was my inspiration to play with the Annie Sloan Paint Colours
I Mixed 2 parts Old White, 2 Parts Chateau Grey and 1 Part Olive.

I then waxed the piece with a combination of clear and dark wax together

I used 1/2 dark wax and 1/2 clear wax. Remember if you are making a mixture of wax to label it and to store in an non-flammable metal container.

I really should call this colour Nancy’s Green I have friend who loves it more than I do , she not only has it in her home but wears it too..

Unntil Next Time

Elizabeth

 


Mossy Green ( Nancy's Green) February 28 2012, 0 Comments

I love this Mossy Green look it was my inspiration to play with the Annie Sloan Paint Colours
I Mixed 2 parts Old White, 2 Parts Chateau Grey and 1 Part Olive.

I then waxed the piece with a combination of clear and dark wax together

I used 1/2 dark wax and 1/2 clear wax. Remember if you are making a mixture of wax to label it and to store in an non-flammable metal container.

I really should call this colour Nancy's Green I have friend who loves it more than I do , she not only has it in her home but wears it too..

Unntil Next Time

Elizabeth

 


Corbels February 22 2012, 0 Comments

Corbels come in many shapes and forms , you can buy new ones or find old ones at antique stores  .  In our area a great source is Legacy Hardware www.legacyvintage.com.

I found this desk that was done by Sara Richardson , who if you have seen her T.V shows shops at Legacy Hardware.

Great little project for Chalk Paint , in this photo the colours that would work well from Annie Sloan Colours. Pure White and Primer Red.

Until Next Time

Elizabeth


Corbels February 22 2012, 0 Comments

Corbels come in many shapes and forms , you can buy new ones or find old ones at antique stores  .  In our area a great source is Legacy Hardware www.legacyvintage.com.

I found this desk that was done by Sara Richardson , who if you have seen her T.V shows shops at Legacy Hardware.

Great little project for Chalk Paint , in this photo the colours that would work well from Annie Sloan Colours. Pure White and Primer Red.

Until Next Time

Elizabeth


Home Decor January 07 2012, 0 Comments

Home Decor , is an evolving process , allow yourself the patience  and will come together  in time,especially if you like to take an active role in the decorating.

While you are working on your decor,  remember that it is the finishing touches that add the WOW that take a plain Jane room , from Ordinary to Extraordinary!

Mirrors area  great way to allow more light into a space.

Lighting is more is often more than a finishing touch and because is makes such a statement it should be incoporated into a design scheme from the beginning.

Pillows  provide, colour, comfort and a  perfect way to decorate a room seasonally and shifting the colour balance.

Flowers are the jewelry of the home. A few fresh flowers make it feel like home and brighten any corner. It can be just a few sprigs from the garden or the grocery store.

Until next time

Elizabeth


Home Decor January 07 2012, 0 Comments

Home Decor , is an evolving process , allow yourself the patience  and will come together  in time,especially if you like to take an active role in the decorating.

While you are working on your decor,  remember that it is the finishing touches that add the WOW that take a plain Jane room , from Ordinary to Extraordinary!

Mirrors area  great way to allow more light into a space.

Lighting is more is often more than a finishing touch and because is makes such a statement it should be incoporated into a design scheme from the beginning.

Pillows  provide, colour, comfort and a  perfect way to decorate a room seasonally and shifting the colour balance.

Flowers are the jewelry of the home. A few fresh flowers make it feel like home and brighten any corner. It can be just a few sprigs from the garden or the grocery store.

Until next time

Elizabeth